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A gladius is a short sword, utilized by the Roman Empire legionaires[?] and gladiators before widespread adoption of the spatha.

The gladius is straight and double edged, with a V-shaped tip, and primarily constructed for thrusting action and use together with a large rectangular shield, the scutum.

The crossection of the gladius is typically rhomboid, providing the blade with good stablility for stabbing.

The gladius is frequently depicted in coats of arms, especially of military corps.

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